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Adding a 3rd Widget Area

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  • Started 11 years ago by patdryburgh
  • Latest reply from raquelwilson
  • This topic is resolved


  1. Hey Ian,

    Is there a way for a child theme to add a third widget area? I'd like to have 3 areas in the sidebar.


    Posted 11 years ago #
  2. I think so. I'll get back to you. :)

    Posted 11 years ago #
  3. Hey Ian,
    Any idea on this yet?

    Posted 11 years ago #
  4. I think I figured out (at least brainstormed) a solution for this:

    If you created a function that replaced "get_sidebar()" with "thematic_sidebar()", then we could theoretically filter that with a child theme filter, correct?

    The other option is upgrade to 2.7, which clearly isn't a great solution at this point in time.


    Posted 11 years ago #
  5. I have a solution (provided by the awesome Justin Tadlock)—but I haven't tested it yet. I'll email it to you if you want to test it.

    Posted 11 years ago #
  6. It turns out Child Themes can't add new widget areas. I think. For now.

    Posted 11 years ago #
  7. dswforce

    *9 months later..*

    Any news on this or is there a easy way of adding a third widget sidebar, instead of coding/adding stuff in the sidebar.php?

    Posted 10 years ago #
  8. Hi,

    you can use the following action hooks for doing this:

    - thematic_abovemainasides
    - thematic_betweenmainasides
    - thematic_belowmainasides

    Currently this needs to be done with coding / adding stuff to your child theme's functions.php. If you could wait for a week or so I should have 'point & click' solution for you.


    Posted 10 years ago #
  9. How's the point and click solution coming along Chris?

    Posted 10 years ago #
  10. Hi Raquel,

    currently testing a couple of things including this functionality. Everything is running pretty good on my local system. Will run more tests next week on my blog before I'm going to upload it to the SVN.

    Still need to do the GUI.


    Posted 10 years ago #
  11. Sounds great Chris. I look forward to it! Thanks.

    Posted 10 years ago #

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